Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #5, written by James Tynion IV, illustrated by Freddie E. Williams II and Kevin Eastman, colored by Jeremy Cowell, and lettered by Tom Napolitano, is published by DC Comics in association with IDW Publishing. At the end of the last issue, the Joker activated a Mother Box that summoned the armies of Krang to battle Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. While the Turtles travel to the Technodrone to liberate their prime counterparts, Batman has a heart to heart with Alfred that may end up turning the tide in the heroes’ favor.
As the penultimate installment of this crossover series, this issue is stuffed and bursting with amazing imagery, as well as heartfelt moments. Both Williams and Eastman are at the top of their artistic game here. Williams especially gets to cut loose. The very first page of the issue shows Batman and the Turtles, alongside Splinter and Casey Jones, furiously fighting for their lives while the Joker looks down on them and lets loose his signature cackle. Another page shows the Technodrone emerging from the fiery red skies, lightning crackling around it as Batman looks up in horror.
Eastman once again returns to draw the prime Turtles. And their monochrome coloring, combined with Napolitano’s jagged lettering, really makes you feel like they were yanked from the pages of their own comic. Cowell’s coloring makes the issue sing, especially with the Technodrone sequence. The ominous blood-red skies and the sheer size of the Technodrone lend weight to the apocalypse our heroes are trying to prevent.
Alongside the art, Tynion’s script provides several emotional moments within the issue. The standout moment of the issue sees Batman coming to grips with the memories of his true life, and opening up to Alfred. Tynion understands the dynamics between the Dark Knight and his allies which is on full display throughout this issue. This also extends to the Turtles, especially when they meet their prime counterparts. Even though Batman and the Turtles come from different worlds, they share so many things in common; the biggest being the love for their respective families.
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5 is a heartfelt examination of the bonds that connect Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to their allies. The issue is packed from beginning to end with amazing artwork. I’ve been enjoying this series and I cannot wait to see how the creative team wraps it all up.
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5 is available wherever comics are sold.
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #5
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5 is a heartfelt examination of the bonds that connect Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to their allies. The issue is packed from beginning to end with amazing artwork.
Collier “CJ” Jennings is a freelance reporter and film critic living in Seattle. He uses his love of comics and film/TV to craft reviews and essays on genre projects. He is also a host on Into the Spider-Cast.